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Salute to Tripawd Peggy, Australia's Dog Obedience Champ
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21 May 2008 - 9:08 pm
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Three Legged Dog Peggy Australia Dog Obedience Champ

This just in from my girlfriend Lalla:

13/05/2008 8:14:00 AM
The wonder dog has done it again.

Peggy, the three-legged pooch, moves in leaps and bounds in the obedience training world.

On the weekend, the cattle dog-cross was fifth in the Port Stephens dog obedience competition.

Peggy finished with 92 points, three shy of the winner in the 29-dog competition.

“They’re all able-bodied dogs and she’s got a distinct handicap,” her owner Karen Pryor said.

“It is harder for her - things like the sit. She has to sit on one hip and they frown on that a little.

“It’s all extra work for her.”

When Ms Pryor found Peggy, the pup looked like anything but a future champion.

The six-month-old canine was in agony as she struggled down the New England highway, dragging a badly broken leg behind her.

Ms Pryor picked her up and took her to the RSPCA where vets had to amputate the leg.

The were unable to find Peggy a home and, with the threat of euthanasia hanging over Peggy’s head, Ms Pryor took her home.

“It was fate,” she said.

The Mercury first came across three-year-old Peggy at the Maitland Show where she won a second place.

At the Port Stephen’s competition, Peggy had to show off several skills,
including a heeling pattern, sitting, standing, staying down and coming
when called.

“She’s good. She loves it. She enjoys the work,” Ms Pryor said.

“She’s been doing dog schooling for probably 18 months now.

“She just took to it like a duck to water. She wants to do things to make you happy.

“She’s a real people dog and she loves attention. She can’t see anything bad in anybody.”

Peggy is trained at the Telarah Obedience Dog Club where she’s completing her novice training after passing her community companion certificate with
flying colours.

“This time she has to work off lead for the whole thing,” Ms Pryor said.

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9 December 2008 - 9:20 pm
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I am leaving in a few days from Oregon to drive to Montana to adopt a tripawd Austrailan Cattle Dog. He is a little over 3, arrived at a shelter as a stray, 3 months ago, with a dislocated rear left leg. The doctors had to amputate it. He is doing great. We are enrolled in a beginning obedience class starting in January, not only for something fun to do, but to help us bond and work together.

I have been looking on the internet and have not found any information about whether tripawds are ok doing agility. I would like to get us into that, again, for fun, not for competiton, but so far have not seen any information about how they do. Can anyone please help me? Thanks much, and happy holidays.

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J. Freedman said:

I have been looking on the internet and have not found any information about whether tripawds are ok doing agility.

Hi J.! Bless you for adopting the Aussie Tripawd. He should do great with agility. Just check out our three-legged dog agility video playlist ...

Please be sure to wait until he's fully recovered, and give him plenty of time to regain his strength. Then take it easy with the training and slowly work up the speed and height. Remember, he'll no longer have the spare he was born with!

Thanks for asking, and be sure to keep us posted. You'll find lots more advice and support here in the forums. Feel free to start your own topic to share your story.

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Jerry, thank you so very much. I am so excited to get to Bozeman to get my little guy. Your video posts are wonderful. Very encouraging. As soon as we get back I will post his photo. In the meantime, today I am getting the Ruffwear harness (made just over the hill, in Bend, Oregon), and at our pet food store, I am getting an elevated food and water dish. John Wayne's new bed awaits him, although we are going to Murdoch's in Bozeman where Westpaw is made, and they have many wonderful ecofriendly beds and toys. You can tell, John Wayne will be well taken care of! Thanks again!

John Wayne – Three Legged Australian Cattle Dog

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